Park City, Kansas - Yesterday afternoon the Sedgwick County Commission met in response to the rising rate of confirmed covid-19 cases in the county. New mandates have been set which will last through the remainder of 2020 and force operational changes at Hartman Arena. 

The Wichita Wings are set to begin their MASL season by hosting games in the Central Cup tournament this December 18th and 20th. Hartman Arena and the Wichita Wings are working diligently with the Sedgwick County Health Department to make sure that we have best practices in place to meet the necessary protocol for the safety of fans, players and staff.   

Hartman Arena and Wings ownership want to make it clear that arena seating will be limited significantly by the social distancing requirements set forth by the health department. However, tickets will be available soon and a 48 hour first right of refusal period will be awarded to season ticket holders from the 2019-2020 season.  

"Central Cup tickets were all teed up and ready to go on sale," says Wings Co-Owner Blake Shumaker. "We just needed to hold off on going live until the new mandates were clear enough for us to adhere to. It won't be long before we can make that announcement and tickets can be purchased."  

The Wings have already made the day-to-day environment much safer for both the players and staff by monitoring symptoms, temperature checks on arrival, and in-house rapid covid-19 testing. The ability to execute the plan is largely due to a new partnership with ICT Internal Medicine and Pain Management, led Dr. Baoluan Nguyen. 

“ICT Internal Medicine and Pain Management is honored to be partnering with the Wichita Wings to provide screening and preventative measures against the COVID-19 virus.  We are hoping for a successful and safe season,” commented Brad Hoy, Administrator at ICT Internal Medicine and Pain Management.

Wings ownership is excited to help set the bar high for covid-19 response across the Major Arena Soccer Leagues. 

"This partnership gives us protocol to exceed the standards that were just set forth by our health department. Our measures are now on par with what we've have seen from other professional leagues across the country." said Shumaker.